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Plants for wet areas

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 08:06

Unless you can improve the soil there, by digging in lots of grit, compost and manure, you'll have to plant shrubs and perennials which are best suited to the conditions. If it's permanently wet, it may not also be very hospitable, so it's worth doing that anyway, to ensure anything you plant stands a good chance of thriving.

Once you do that, Astilbes will do well, and so will Hostas, Dicentras, Heucheras, Ferns and Japanese Anemones. Shrubs like Osmanthus will be fine, and can be pruned if they get too big. Euonymous will grow there and give a splash of colour all year round. Low growing Ajuga will also do well .

I have white Spireas in a similar spot. Hydrangeas will generally do well too if you have enough space, but if you only want low growing things, they might be too big.

There are also lots of bulbs which will be fine - snowdrops and daffs.  Primulas will thrive as well. 

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 07:54

I love the name Schizostylus and I'll continue to use it, although I accept your argument that Hesperantha's an easier name Hosta!. 

Sedums will always be sedums here.  However, I love the name Herbstfraude and have always called Autumn Joy that  

Life's too short 

How ironic if the committee's name was changed Hosta....

Feeding the birds

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 07:46

Don't put out too much food - only a small handful, or a small amount in a  feeder. Bring it in at night or clear away any that isn't eaten. Once birds are visiting regularly, you can increase the amount accordingly. You also need to tailor the feed according to  the birds that initially appear - it's a gradual process. 

Use good quality food too - not those bags which contain a load of sunflower seeds and barley/wheat etc. You could use just sunflower hearts only, and then see how it goes. 

I have a cage which is made of mesh and only allows the smaller birds inside to feed.  I then put a small amount on the ground for the bigger birds. 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 07:29

I'm up too 

Pat - at least she came in useful this time!

Hope it's all good chicky - oh what am I saying - of course it is    

Frosty here but also windy so perhaps it'll turn wet.

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Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 19:35

I'd echo Hosta's words doc. A bit of down to earth talking might do the trick. Far better than both of you bottling it up. Easy for me to say, I know, but needs must.

Be kind to yourselves, and each other 

The weather was sharp up there today, but the snow showers were brief and caused no problems. The boggy bits were easy to walk on too as the ground was frozen. It would have been a good day to do the whole walk as the normally boggy plateau would have been drier. There was a half marathon in Glen Clova too. Must have been pretty chilly down there, as you could see the snow funneling along the glen out of the north west, and from Glen Doll further along. 

I'm now showered and fed and having more tea. Simple pleasures are ofte the finest.

Wildlife photos

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 18:24

Fabulous photos. I love that last octopus pic, fidget. Beautiful.

You got there Iamweedy! The markings on shield bugs are great. That skeleton is also fantastic. 

Not even going to comment on the kingfisher Sheps. Your photos are always so superb, I don't have to say anything!  

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 18:02
Hostafan1 says:

I've just read that Lewis Hamilton's team have been robbed in Brazil .

Just like the taxpayers in UK.

See original post

 You are naughty Hosta  

Glad you got there safely chicky, but I  expect you're still   zzzzz.....

An odd day out, as I was returning to a hill in Glen Clova that I did last December. Not to do the hill properly as such, but to pay my respects to the young lad who died there three years ago. I'd missed seeing the memorial at the head of the corrie, because I went up the other side to access the hill plateau and summit, but there had been a wreath laid at the foot of the corrie, next to the lochan. I found out about it when I came home, and vowed to return. It was desperately sad, and moved me enormously because he'd just turned 20 when he died - about the same age as my youngest was at the time, and he was born in 1994, same as my oldest. I found it even more moving again today, but I'm glad I went. 

'He' has a pretty good spot high above the lovely lochan at the edge of the corrie.

How quickly our lives could change - just in the blink of an eye. 

I'll have a better look round here now, with another cup of tea, and see what you've all been doing. 

Can my pieris be redirected by pruning?

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 20:17

Whatever you decide to do, you'll still have the problem of the two plants competing for nutrients, light and moisture.

It might be worth digging out the Pieris, and buying a new one to grow elsewhere, assuming you have reasonable soil and conditions for it (not alkaline, and reasonably moist ) and can then give it enough room to thrive properly. You'd then have room for something smaller, and lower growing which would work better in that space.    

What's eating my flowers?

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 20:13

Caterpillars by the look of it, on the bottom plant, plus some slug/snail damage, and possibly birds, for the  flowers - pigeons,in particular,  eat a lot of flowers and so do sparrows. 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 19:28

Flippin'  'eck Obelixx. Glad they're ok, although not really what they would have been expecting when en route for a hol. 

Brisk indeed LP. Just going to be at Corbett height, so it won't be too bad, although the wind will add a fair bit of extra chill. It reached about 6 here for a while, but it was largely around four most of the day. 

Lovey blue skies Dove. Were you not tempted to have a fish supper?  

Could have sent doc some bolognese if he'd wanted.....

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